Lost or Missing Pets
SEARCH YOUR LOCAL AREA
Firstly, make sure you search you local area for your pet, making sure you cover all streets encircling your home. Check drains, ditches and ask neighbours to check outbuildings. You’d be surprised how many lost pets are found only a few houses away.
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL AND LOCAL POUND(S)
Contact the Environment Division (or Companion Animal Division) of your local council to alert them that your pet is missing, and ensure the microchip details are up to date and reflect that the pet is now missing. Please note that when a dog or cat is found, it will be cared for by the council in which it is found. It may be worthwhile contacting any neighbouring councils.
- Hornsby Shire Council Environment Division: Phone (02) 9847 6853
- Ku-ring-gai Council Pound: Phone (02) 9484 7418
Animals found in Hornsby Shire may be picked up by a Hornsby Council Ranger and taken to Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. This is a pound located at 77 Edward Street, Carlton. Phone: (02) 9587 9611
CONTACT LOCAL VET PRACTICES
Contact local vet practices and provide details of the missing pet including the microchip number along with your contact details. Then if your pet is taken to a vet clinic, your pet will be scanned for a microchip and you can then be reunited.
Don’t give up and lose heart (Nicky: I write this from experience. My own beloved, and much spoilt cat was missing for over a week before I finally got a call from a lady in a neighbouring road to say they had been feeding the cat for the past week!)
Put up posters with a photo of your missing pet in the local neighbourhood/community noticeboards. For more assistance, you may also like to contact Pet Search (www.petsearch.com.au) who specialise in reuniting lost/stray animals with their owners.